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All Contents are copyright HNMaier, 2015 or before.

Anonymous instructor at a US War College: “In 2 minutes you’ve shown me what we hope cadets will learn in 4 years.”

Tactical Cognition

Tactical” refers to every thought that interacts with someone else, in both competition & cooperation.

Cognition” generally means the information-processing aspects of mental functions.

Maneuver Warfare

often refers to concepts of John Boyd, especially in his “Patterns of Conflict”, where he used the phrase twice. Simply spoken, where Boyd referred to “stretching or shrinking time” we focus on dumping mental work or “Cognitive Load” (“CL”) on the opponent, so that he/she struggles to catch up, ultimately exhibiting one of the 3 failure types identified in Dr. Maier’s research. More>>

An advantage to focusing on CL rather than time is that the Performance Dimensions that generate CL are all measurable. And what is measurable–is teachable.

“Disrupting the opponent’s ability to react” does not require High-Tech or even fancy footwork. It just requires something unexpected, generating high CL. It is sometimes amazing how little it takes to break our concentration, or make us second-guess ourselves.

LinSaotm Training

enhances High-Speed Decision Making in Complex High-Threat Environments.

LinSaotm graduates have excelled in business, & in pro fighting, with LinSao’stm Enhanced Decision Making Techniques.

U.S. WarFighters in an unknown future deserve LinSao’stm Life-Saving Decision Making Techniques as Well.

”Variety, Rapidity, Harmony”

LinSaotm enhances Tactical Cognition & Cognitive Load Management, increasing cognitive flexibility in extremely fast-paced high-risk situations. Tactical 'Variety & Rapidity' (two critical elements of Boyd's OODA Loop) are increased. The interactive partnered nature of LinSaotm focuses attention on what Boyd called 'Harmony' in building trust & implicit communication as cores of Leadership.


”How to Think”

vs. “what to think”.

When the pace gets fast enough–in the range of a second or less instead of a few minutes or hours–even ‘how to think’ changes a bit. When there is no time to reflect, to consult, or to check with, it might not be ‘what you do’, but simply that ‘you did something’, that counts.

That’s core-level Initiative.